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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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134 reader reviews for Vauxhall Zafira MPV.
  • 1.9 CDTi 120 Design 5dr

    Eric Simmonds , Essex . Date: 04/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned two earlier model petrol automatics and been satisfied with them I was looking forward to owning the latest state of the art refined CDTI automatic. What a disappointment. Service from the dealer and Vauxhall Customer service has been disgusting.

    Faults include Alarm system (three months to get fixed) Body panel and rear door out of alignment by up to 6 mm (5 months to get fixed and the paintwork was damaged in the process and had to be resprayed). The Column Integrated Module (steering column switchgear) had to be replaced, Plastic panels inside and outside the car are loose, soundproofing panels in the engine bay were missing, leather panels on the seats are baggy, etc. etc.

    It is so easy to find fault with the car. Worst of the lot is the engine which chugs, knocks and rattles constantly. All 'characteristic say Vauxhall, but the 'demo' car they provided for comparison was quieter, smoother running, more responsive and did not have the annoying rattle when maintaining constant urban speeds. Now Vauxhall say no two cars are the same. The dealer says see a solicitor if you don't like it. I can't afford to loose the money to get rid of the car or go 'legal' If anyone still wants one of these things - go for at least a three day try and buy or you can have mine, cheap.

  • 1.8 VVT Club 5dr

    Simon Atkins , Worcestershire . Date: 02/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I had this Zafira 1.8 Active (Special Edition) for a day's test-drive. I was taking advantage of Vauxhall's excellent 3 day test-drive, but the car was only available for one-day. A full day was quite sufficient to get a good sense of the car's capabilities, however, and much more useful than the usual half-hour round the block.

    The New Zafira is a far better-looking car than its somewhat bland predecessor, and I found the 1.8 great to drive. The driving position is comfortable and the height of the car means there's an excellent view of the road ahead. The cabin is well laid out and conveys a sense of quality. I really liked the unusual hand- brake.

    The main problem with the car is the second row of seats: whilst there is plenty of leg and head-room, there just isn't enough elbow-room, and with our two-year old daughter in her ISOFIX seat, my parents were squashed in beside her and were not at all comfortable. It was a totally different matter when I had use of a VW Touran for the day recently: though the car seems smaller overalll, the three separate, generously sized seats made it a much more comfortable ride in the second row.

    Why did the Zafira designers make the second row seats a bench? You basically have to evacuate the second row to get anyone in or out of the third - especially inconvenient if you have children's car seats in place. For a "clever family car" it seems a case of really bad design to me, one that Vauxhall need to address.

  • 1.9 CDTi 120 Club 5dr

    christopher roberts , shropshire . Date: 21/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had this car on a three-day test drive. The first couple of hours in the driving seat convinced me that this would be my next car. 300 miles later I couldn't wait to give it back.

    There was no lumber adjustment and the upright driving position gave me backache after one long journey.

    It has a very notchy gear change and soggy throttle, which together make for quite tiring town driving. It's also noisy, with wind, road and engine noise.

    To cap it all, I had to wait 30 minutes for the salesman at the dealership to finish his conversation with a workmate before I could hand the keys back.

  • 1.9 CDTi 120 Life 5dr

    Graham Austin Date: 18/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A bus of a car - no pull no fun, badly underpowered which leaves the you feeling exposed when overtaking an uncomfortable seating position which doesn't allow you to get far enough from the steering wheel. Vision while driving is generally ok but obscured by chunky A posts.

    The rear washer is a joke requiring frequent long blasts to keep any kind of visibility. The hand brake is a triumph of design over practicality and the front arm rest looks as though it was hastily added at the last minute. Add to this Vauxhalls annoying and clumsy indicators and user unfriendly radio I am left amazed that this car has won awards.

    Fuel economy is not bad at around 42mpg over 11k but well short of the stated 46.5 probably due to the heavy right foot required to gain any kind of performance

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